Could the Dolphins be interested in Larry Fitzgerald or Jared Allen?
Last week, the team traded a conditional 6th or 7th round draft pick for Bryant McKinnie, a starting left tackle on an affordable two year deal in a bold and strong move. It proved that they were “all in” as they headed into New England.
However, the demoralizing loss coupled with Brandon Gibson’s season ending injury demands the team raises the stakes again or fold.
Dolphins management, this is your “World Series of Poker” moment.
If I am Miami I outbid everybody for Larry Fitzgerald and Jared Allen and sleep well tonight.
These guys are top 5 talents on anybody’s roster and make the Dolphins a true heavyweight in this league.
You trade draft picks for superstars every day of the week and twice on Deadline Tuesday, if you can.
Everybody loves draft picks and for good reason, but you can always get one back for these players.
The Dolphins acquired Brandon Marshall for two second rounders and were able to get two third rounders back two years later. The same type of thing can be done with Larry Fitzgerald if you are draft-pick conscious.
Jared Allen is worth a 3rd round compensatory pick in 2015 and I believe that the team that acquires him would get it if he left them as a free agent.
However, I could see a long future for both players here.
A defense with Dion Jordan, Jared Allen and Cameron Wake would give Miami its own “Big 3”, and as Heat center Chris Bosh would probably say, make a lot of quarterbacks “defecate” in their pants.
Meanwhile, Larry Fitzgerald just became the youngest player to make 800 catches in this league and has a legitimate chance to be one of the greatest of all-time.
The Dolphins figure to be in many more close games the rest of the way and project to somewhere between seven and nine wins, based on the strength of schedule.
Patience does not pay off. The never ending cycle of waiting for the next season, coaching staff or front office has to stop.
The Miami Heat traded many draft picks over many years when they re-built their roster in one season. There is no reason why the Miami Dolphins cannot take a page out of that book. -Cyrus @Cyruslassus on Twitter